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Hannah Rhodes-Patterson setting new Everesting record; photo credit: Joel Rhodes-Patterson

Adventure News of the Week: New ‘Everesting’ Record, DIY Gravel Race

From the inspiring to the tragic, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

EVEREST: UK Cyclist Sets Impressive New ‘Everesting’ Record. On June 4, U.K. rider Hannah Rhodes-Patterson smashed the women’s world record for the fastest “Everesting” time and set a new U.K. record, beating out both the men’s and women’s previous times. She beat the previous women’s record by over 50 minutes.

Rhodes-Patterson rode the Kirkstone Pass 37.5 times, totaling 105.2 miles, to achieve the height of Mt. Everest. Her final time was 9 hours, 18 minutes, 10 seconds, with a total elevation of 30,725 feet.

TREASURE: Antiquities Dealer Forrest Fenn Announces Hidden Treasure Has Been Found. In 2010, an antiquities dealer named Forrest Fenn left clues to a chest of buried treasure in his memoir “The Thrill of the Chase.”

Over a decade later, after hundreds of people have searched (and a few have died in pursuit), a lucky individual has found the treasure. The finder has asked that his identity be kept secret. Read the full story here.

CAMPAIGN: In Response to Racial Injustices, Cyclist Starts #25MilesForJustice campaign. After the murder of George Floyd, cyclist Garnett Whitmire wanted to do something, so he started riding miles in memory of Floyd.

“This current racial situation has truly bothered me,” Whitmire wrote on his Instagram. “Because I’m a Black man with a Black son … I resort to my therapy and I encourage you to do the same. If cycling is your thing, please join me today in riding 25 miles virtually or outside.”

The tribute is simple: Log 25 miles in memory of George Floyd (who died on May 25). For those participating, Whitmire created a #25MilesForJustice T-shirt, whose proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The campaign has been running strong for over a week.

BIKE: After Canceled ‘Dirty Kanza,’ American Cyclist Rides Personal Gravel Race. American rider Ted King was meant to be taking part in the Dirty Kanza last weekend. But race officials postponed the race due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So King set up a “DIY Gravel” ride to help him (and others) train and stay in shape. His ride was an impressive 310 miles and 34,000 feet of climbing in 20 hours and 40 minutes.

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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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